Welcome, everyone, to Patreon Launch Day!
So…what is a Patreon, and why would I want to launch one, you ask?
Patreon is a site/service that allows artists, like myself, to pursue monthly crowdfunding subscriptions in order to support their artistic endeavors.
What the heck is crowdfunding?
Crowdfunding is a recent phenomenon that pursues financial investment by looking for small investments from a lot of investors. Crowdfunding prefers getting $1,000 in capital from 1,000 investors with one dollar each, rather than 10 investors with $100 each.
It is a really brilliant system that allows just about anyone to help support their favorite artists. I, for example, have been contributing small amounts to two of my favorite WoW videos blogs every month. This despite how perpetually broke I am. It makes me feel really plugged into the content being produced by the artists in question.
As a subscriber, I get placed on a mailing list with exclusive access to content that is not available to the general public. Higher amounts of contributions would grant me different levels of rewards.
And now Misdirected is participating in this model, doing away with our older AdWords advertisements. I was not fond of the ads, and I would guess that no one else really was either.
There is a short video on my Patreon site explaining everything in greater detail. You can visit it here, or at any time in the future. Just click the “Become a Patron” button to the top right of this page. I will be adding semi-regular updates to that page as well.
Ready, Launch, Set!
Speaking of funding goals…when I created the Patreon page yesterday, I had every intention of the “Grand Opening” event taking place from the article I am writing right now. Patreon, however, had other ideas and sent out a notification about the new page via Twiter and Facebook yesterday.
And I’ll be darned if we didn’t meet our first funding goal within hours of launch.
My sincere thanks go out to the friends and family members who signed up to support Misdirected instantly. I look forward to continuing to create content here for a good long time, and it is nice to know that it is important enough to you that you are willing to support us with a subscription.
Finally, this concludes our website infrastructure changes for 2017! Now, back to creating content about things that really matter.
Next Stop: 5,000 Views A Month,